How Long Will I Be Out of Golf and Tennis After a Rotator Cuff Repair?

A common question that many people have after rotator cuff surgery is "how long before I can go back to playing tennis and golf?"  The answer depends a little bit on several factors, including how big your rotator cuff tear was, what techniques were used to fix it, and if any other procedures were performed along with it.  However, in general, you will be unable to return to golf and tennis unrestricted for at least 6 months.  However, you are often allowed to hit groundstrokes on the tennis court and start chipping and putting 3 to 4 months after surgery.

William Ashford, MD

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